May 28, 2015
In a historic first, EA Sports announced that its latest FIFA 16 video game will allow gamers to play as Women's National Teams. Players can choose from 12 teams: Germany, USA, France, Sweden, England, Brazil, Canada, Australia, Spain, China, Italy and Mexico.
EA Sports was able to develop authentic player models by capturing movements using 360-degree body scanning. American soccer player and Olympic gold medalist Alex Morgan is one of the players featured in the game.
"It is such an honor for women’s players and our team to be included in FIFA 16," Morgan told EA Sports. "I always wondered what it would be like to see our team in the game and it is very cool to know that it is now a reality."
Of course, there are mixed emotions among social media users.
Women in Fifa 16? Nice I guess but why would you ever play them unless you wanted to handicap yourself?— TheGreatCornholio (@modemez) May 28, 2015
So now there's gonna be women's football on FIFA 16, why do women have to interfere with everything we do?! ✋— Steve (@StevenDiickens) May 28, 2015
'She has period pains Martin but I think she will be able to carry on' #FIFA16— Jonny O'Sullivan (@Jonnyo_96) May 28, 2015
To all the boys whining about women being included in #FIFA16 Don't play as them! I don't see how this hurts you...— Jennifer Gordon (@jgordon1987) May 28, 2015
Women's teams will finally be in FIFA 16, thats sick!— Joey Gatto (@JoeyGattoTV) May 28, 2015
Something EA Sports was sure to note: *Women's National Teams compete exclusively against other Women's National Teams.
The 2015 Women’s World Cup, which features a record field of 24 teams, begins June 6.